A beneficial advantage of the digital transformation: More security for your workforce

The digital transformation is for the people

When it comes to industries like manufacturing, transportation, and logistics, technology sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to taking over human jobs with advances like AI (artificial intelligence), robotics, and automation. What many don’t understand, however, is that these innovations can actually help improve security in traditionally hazardous environments. From warehousing and long-distance transportation to last-mile deliveries and retail stores, employee safety should be a priority for companies across the supply chain industry. Digitally transforming your business is one way to achieve this.

Why Security Matters

According to that National Security Council (NSC)In 2020 alone, the total cost of workplace injuries in the United States was $163.9 billion, including lost wages and productivity, medical expenses, administrative costs, and employer uninsured costs. Over 65 million workdays were lost in the same year due to injuries. And while these stats aren’t unique to the supply chain ecosystem, they come from a time when social distancing and quarantine restrictions forced many people to stop working.

Today, more and more employees are returning to face-to-face work environments while still dealing with the threat of COVID-19. Supply chain companies need to evolve their safety practices to ensure their employees stay healthy and safe.

Meeting and exceeding safety standards can bring numerous benefits beyond the obvious ethical considerations. These include reduced costs associated with injury and illness, improvements in employee morale and retention, and increased productivity. In addition, today’s consumers are very concerned about how workers are treated and make purchasing decisions accordingly.

So how can technology help?

Get smart about safety

Businesses across the global supply chain have a unique opportunity for digital transformation Maximize operational efficiency and win better Asset visibility and management. The ideal solutions combine “smart” device hardware and software to connect almost anything, collect data, and derive insights in near real-time. One of the key use cases for these advances is workplace safety.

For example, Smart cameras could detect unsafe zones or practices in a warehouse. If a worker enters one of these zones, or if he is not wearing a hard hat, he (or management) could be notified immediately. Robotics with AI could replace some of the more dangerous aspects of an assembly line job and reduce the risk of injury. Long-distance drivers could be warned of dangers on the road and even warned when they show signs of falling asleep. Last-mile drivers could deliver packages and remotely confirm pickup or receipt without compromising social distancing rules or preferences.

A key benefit of these technologies is that they help prevent accidents and injuries before you appear. Workers could be more productive knowing there is less risk of harm where they work can feel valuedwhile Employers can keep more employees and save costs in several areas.

Where to start improving security

Digitally transforming all aspects of a supply chain business can seem daunting, but solutions like those from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. could allow you to scale and stack services in a phased approach.

For example, they could start installing smart cameras capable of both processing data on the device through AI and sending information to a cloud for quick processing. Next, you could equip key workers with handheld devices that send data to a central dashboard. And finally, you could add devices and services that enable asset tracking and management for end-to-end visibility. Step by step, you can take your business from analog to online, which will help you enter the digital age and ultimately work towards improving your bottom line.

Learn how we can help at Qualcomm.com/supplychain

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